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07 Feb 2004

Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hi Doc

Do you have any suggestions for a correct diet to follow for Rheumatoid Arthritis? My Rheumatoid Factor is 40 and I need to do everything to bring it down to 24, any advise would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Maureen
I am sorry to hear about the RA. Basically you need to eat a balanced diet that is high in protective nutrients and even in energy if you suffer acute attacks. A balanced diet includes milk, yoghurt and dairy products, unsifted, unprocessed grains and cereals, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, plenty of fish, esp oily fish for omega-3 (salmon, mackerel, sardines, snoek), and omega-3 enriched eggs. It may also assist to take a complete vitamin and mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn and Salmon oil capsules to further boost omega-3 intake (the latter can help prevent the inflammatory process). If you feel very tired during acute attacks then it may also help to use meal supplements such as Ensure (ask your chemist).
I do hope you will feel better soon.
Best regards
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